Traditional and Complementary Medicine

  • Stroke Survivors’ Preference of Herbal Center to Hospital

    Proceeding to hospital immediately stroke occurs is important for early intervention that would minimize the consequences of stroke. But most stroke patients in developing countries prefer herbal centers than hospital. Reasons for this attitude have not been established. Two well-trained assistants were used to interview 117 stroke survivors who attended Bebe Herbal Center (BHC), in Nigeria for at least two visits. The survivors self-reported their experiences in hospitals visited and at BHC. Data obtained were analyzed using Independent t-test, Pearson’s chi-squared test, on SPSS package version 23. Significant value was set at p

  • The milk – cheese cycle with alpha emitters – pulmonary contribution to the refeeding of the hormonal system in unoptimal conditions

    There is a material truth behind the expression “French people are cheese-eating surrendering monkeys” that involves the higher natural radioactivity in France (averaged) in comparison with the USA, the United Kingdom, Spain and Poland. This comes from the hormone loss related to internal alpha emitting nanoparticulate contamination and involves a compensation with among other things milk drinking and cheese eating. The basic hormone loss can be related to the “surrendering” reputation entirely (testosterone for instance was shown to be destroyed in uranium miners). A secondary cycle emerges to re-establish the sexual difference, where women in these regions typically drink fresh milk whereas men typically eat cheeses that have stayed long in caves and where the hormones have disappeared. This is globally spontaneous. Inhalation of cheese odors serve for cerebral confirmation that hormones have disappeared. That general theorem is a subpart of what was already denominated earlier the meat-pollution cycle for reasons of desire to adopt an easily memorizable name, due to the essentiality of the concept for humankind.

  • Integrative and Complementary Practices: the Therapeutic Benefits of Aromatherapy and Chromotherapy

    Objective: To understand the availability and use of integrative and complementary practices by the SUS; as well as to evaluate two of the various therapy options, chromotherapy and aromatherapy, in relation to their effectiveness and benefits for patients. Method: This is an integrative review of the literature available in the PUBMED and SciELO database, using the descriptors: “Aromatherapy”, “Chromotherapy” and “Alternative Therapy”, duly registered in MeSH/DeCS, using the boolean operator AND. Twenty-nine articles were found, 25 evaluated and, at the end, 11 selected to compose this review. The inclusion criteria were: complete articles, available free of charge, published in English, from 2012 to 2020. Results: The inclusion of integrative and complementary practices (ICPs) in the Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) was through the Política Nacional de Práticas Integrativas e Complementares (PNPIC), supported through the Portaria GM/ MS no 971, on May 3, 2006. Brazil is the country characterized as a world reference in the field of ICPs in basic attention. Conclusion: However, several cases of use of chromotherapy and aromatherapy as alternative therapies to promote patient’s health, relieve pain and, among other unique symptoms in each case, were evaluated, and the therapies used proved their efficacy and safety for patients, as well as improved the quality of life of these people.


    Objective: To evaluate the in vitro and in vivo results of works already published on the use of traditional and alternative medicines in the treatment of sporotrichosis, both in humans and in animals. Methods: The bibliographic research was developed from the analysis of publications found in the scientific literature, with emphasis mainly on Brazil in the period from 2015 to 2020. Updated bibliographies of the medical and veterinary literature were available on MEDLINE, through PubMed, Science direct, Scielo and academic Google, with a total of 28 studies that met the specific work requirements. Results: From the analysis of the reviewed papers, conventional treatments, mainly the use of itraconazole, Amphotericin B and Terbinafine, showed good results in the studies. In addition, the use of alternative treatments, either as the main treatment or support, against sporotrichosis, have shown promise in vitro results, requiring more tests for a possible alternative treatment in the future. Conclusion: The use of alternative treatments is important, since they can be effective against sporotrichosis, becoming a viable means when the animal is resistant to conventional methods.

  • Homeopathy to post study of 2nd wave covid 19

    This is a case-related studies article on how homeopathy may be used to control corona virus, specifically, those with above 20 ages to forty age five individuals and 40 to 70 age 7 persons. Symptoms of corona human beings decided on a personal hobby. to used 60 above aged person homeopathy is a best medicine integrative approach, this study is home isolation patents, breathless people also survived the sickness via homeopathic drugs, use these homeopathic medicines every 2 hours once with the stage of the problem, corona virus disease completely controls, so preventive homeopathy medicine is best option to continue after control, So it is right to have worldwide utilized.

  • Indigenous Bone Setting in Ethiopia: in case on Addis Ababa University student

    Indigenous medicine is a total combination of knowledge and practices that can be formally explained or used in preventation and elimination of physical, mental or social imbalance and relying exclusively on practical experience and observation handed down from generation to generation whether verbally or in writing (Endalew,2007). Most of the populations of the developing countries use indigenous medicine to meet their primary health care needs. Indigenous medicine is known in many countries of Africa to meet some of their primary health care. In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses indigenous medicine. Ethiopia is one part of African countries in which indigenous medicine has long history before the beginning of modern medicine. In Ethiopia, indigenous medicine is highly practiced and many Ethiopian societies depend on the use of indigenous medicine and indigenous healing systems to deal with their health practices. It has been providing both preventative and curative services for Ethiopian peoples. Even today, as various studies have shown that about 90% of Ethiopian still depends on indigenous medicine. This indicate that the presence of two medical systems like indigenous and modern neither of them can adequately address the health care needs of the total population (Assefa,1986). But there is the reason why the majority of people still deep follow the services of indigenous medicine. It is because of accessibility of indigenous medicine compared to modern medicine and most of people have a limited chance of setting modern health care systems (Wondwossen, 2005). In Ethiopia, indigenous medicine is not limited to rural areas, rather also has numerous roles in urban areas of the country, eg. Addis Ababa. In Addis Ababa, there are many indigenous medicine services given by indigenous healers who are categorized into herbalists, Bone Setters, indigenous birth attendants, spiritual healers and magicians. Out of these, our focus…

  • “Spitting as traditional medicine” – why alpha-emitting nanoparticul- ates make spitting an unfortunate but significant contribution to health

    Spitting is a human reflex as old as civilization, related, mainly, as is shown, to the evacuation of internal contamination with alpha-emitting nanoparticulates, a contamination with many causes, from car fumes and industrial smokes, coal ashes and cement, radon, phosphated fertilizers, to depleted uranium weapons and natural dust and tap water in areas of high natural radioactivity, as well as cigarettes, for the main sources. Strong levels of coal ash pollution together with high natural radioactivity explain for instance the spitting “custom” in Chinese streets, together with long distances between workplace and home, widespread cigarette use, and lack of public toilets. Alphaemitting nanoparticulates become a part of the digestion cycle in meat-eaters, but not without collateral damage.

  • Sedative, hypothermic, anxiolytic effects and rapid radical scavenging property of aqueous leaf extract of Vitex doniana (Lamiaceae) in mice

    Vitex doniana is used ethnomedicinally for the management of madness, insanity, and epilepsy. This study was undertaken to evaluate the sedative, hypothermic and anxiolytic effects of crude aqueous leaf extract of Vitex doniana (AVD) in mice, as well as its rapid radical scavenging property. Doses of 250, 500, and 1000 mg/kg AVD were adopted for the pharmacological testing in mice of both sexes (n=6). The behavioural effects of the extract in the open field apparatus were determined. AVD was evaluated for its anxiolytic effect, using elevated T- maze, staircase, and hole-board models. While the sedative and hypothermic effects of the extract in mice were determined by assessments of ketamine-induced sleeping time and rectal temperature respectively. AVD was subjected to rapid radical scavenging test using thin-layer chromatography (TLC)-bioautography. The results showed AVD to have an inhibitory effect on CNS in the open field test. AVD demonstrated anxiolytic effect at 250 mg/kg, and sedative effect at 500 and 1000 mg/kg. The sedative effect of AVD at 500 and 1000 mg/kg was further revealed in ketamine-induced sleeping time and rectal temperature. AVD also showed strong free radical scavenging property attributed to the presence of fatty acid esters, terpenes, phenolics, and phenolic glycosides. AVD is acutely non-toxic and it possesses significant sedative, hypothermic and anxiolytic effects, which could in part be due to the presence of rapid free radical scavenging compounds, thus, providing pharmacological justification for its ethnomedicinal uses as a curative for madness and insanity.

  • Phytochemicals extracted from Cola nitida leaf possess antimalarial effects and improve derangements in haematological indices of Plasmodium berghei- infected mice.

    Classical antimalarial drugs such as quinine and artemisinin are both plant derived suggesting that plants are a promising source of bioactive components that can help in combating the scourge of malaria. Cola nitida leaf has been reported to possess antimalarial activity and also contain pharmacologically active phytochemicals including alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins and phenolics. The effects of these phytochemicals in mice infected with Plasmodium berghei was evaluated in this study. For each phytochemical, 7 groups (A-G) of eight mice each were used. Groups A and B served as normal and infected controls respectively. Group C was treated with 20 mg/Kg body weight of chloroquine and served as the treated control. Groups D, E and F were administered 12.5, 25 and 50 mg/kg body weight of the different phytochemicals while group F was treated with 50 mg/Kg body weight of the phytochemicals only without parasite inoculation thus serving as extract control. Treatment commenced 72 hrs after inoculation and was done once orally for four consecutive days after which parasitaemia was evaluated. All the phytochemicals were found to exhibit antimalarial activity in a dose dependent manner. The mean survival time of all the experimental groups were also prolonged in a dose dependent manner compared to that of untreated control. Similarly, all the phytochemicals improved the altered haematological indices towards normal. These phytochemicals of Cola nitida exhibited significant antimalarial activities and thus can be further studied in the search for novel antimalarial drugs.

  • Ethnomedicinal Survey of Medicinal Plants Traditionally Used in Ogurugu Community Southeast Nigeria for the Treatment of Malaria

    Malaria is described as a disease that is caused by a protozoan parasite of the genus Plasmodium. The parasites are transmitted to humans through the bites of an infected vector the female Anopheles mosquitoes. There are about 100 million estimated cases of malaria resulting in more than 300,000 deaths annually in Nigeria. This figure is high when compared to deaths from infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS. Maternal mortality from malaria fever alone is estimated at 11%. Despite preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites by use of insecticide-treated nets (ITN), and chemotherapy such as the use of artemisinin combination therapy (ACT), very little results were achieved, as the parasite seems to have developed resistance to these measures. This study was aimed at surveying medicinal plants used in folk medicine by the Ogurugu community Southeast Nigeria for the treatment of malaria. Traditional medicine practitioners, native herbalists, traditional healers, and product marketers were interviewed orally and the use of 200 structured questionnaires on the plants used to treat malaria as well as medicinal plants used for the treatment. Morphological parts of fifty-four (54) plant species from thirty-two (33) families were collected in the survey. Only 30 % of the plants surveyed were reported to have antimalarial activities against Plasmodium berghei. Family Asteraceae have the highest number of species diversity with 11.54 % (6), followed by Family Annonaceae with 9.62% (5) and Family Euphorbiaceae with 5.77% (3), whereas Amaranthaceae, Anacardiaceae, Humiriaceae and Sterculiaceae Families have each 3.85 % (2) species diversity. Other Families have 1.92 % (1) species distribution. A decoction of the leaves was the popular way of using plant parts in malaria treatment. The study revealed that people in this community believe strongly on the efficacies of these medicinal plants than orthodox drugs in treating malaria, with no serious side effects. Despite these…